gallerylefey asked: Interesting David. Can you tell us some more about the concepts you come up with, sources and so on and how you how you compose your brilliant verse.. does it go around in your head all day??
Hey there! Thank you for the question, and your awesome compliments :-)
I can’t really say where I get the concepts and ideas from, or why I do the types of stories I do… besides that they just happen to come to me. I tend to think that people are either creative or ya ain’t, and if you’re creative then you can work on better focusing your ability to think up new ideas.
If you wanna make up stories or draw stuff, you can’t wait for inspiration to hit. You gotta sit down and do it, and figure out whatever methods that work for you that enable you to use your creativity. Everyone is different in how they get themselves to work, but EVERY professional makes themselves sit down and DO it. So, that’s all I do too.
I often meditate and let my brain bounce around if I ain’t sure what I wanna do, or if I feel stuck on an idea. I also flip through my idea notebooks, where I now got over 1000 different story or image ideas, and see what catches my eye or inspires a new idea.
I always make sure I write every idea down, because otherwise I will forget them. And I don’t use an idea if I think it’s too similar to something I know of.
Not that everything I do has never been done before, of course. I try to never reference anything directly and I don’t wanna use anyone else’s ideas, but I’m still standing on the shoulders of thousands of creative people who’ve come before me… my science fiction stories, ghost stuff, robots, whatever, all is building upon stuff more talented folk have made in the past. But that’s true for anyone who creates things, really.
Sometimes I might do something that recalls a movie/book/TV show that I wasn’t aware of, but it’s never on purpose. I think it’s more fun to just make up stories myself, though I don’t think there’s anything wrong if someone likes to reference popular thingies and whatnot for their own work.
Growing up, I loved stuff like Tintin, E.C. Segar’s Popeye, R. Crumb, Pogo, Little Nemo in Slumberland, Tony Millionaire, The Simpsons, and since I was friendless until halfway through college I was always renting as many movies as I could every weekend. I’ve always been a fan of exploitation and B-movies, along with the regular classics everyone loves.
I hate silence so I always have music or something else on in the background, EXCEPT when I’m doing one of my crappy rhymey poems :-) It’s just easier to think up the rhymes and get a basic rhythm down if I’m not listening to something. And the way I create my verse is the same as anything else— I just sit down and think it up!
In my family, we often do silly stuff like sing to our pets and do dumb rhymes, so I think it’s become second nature for me to find rhymes and make silly “songs”. I felt really guilty when I started doing my rhymey poems, because they’re so easy for me… I usually don’t trust stuff I do if it’s too easy.
Even though I say one must sit down and force yourself to create if you wanna be a creative person, inspiration CAN hit at random times, and for that reason I always have my notebook and a pen on me… ideas are bouncing around in my head all day, and ya never know when one you actually like will pop up.
I wrote too much once again, and I apologize, but thank you very much for this question! And the photography on your site is great, everyone should check it out.
Take care! And I’ll be posting a new Daily Doodle tonight, so everyone come back in 2 hours! :-o
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